The Chinese Internet's detour to... Wyoming?

A scene from Cheyenne, Wyoming.

We've all heard of the Great Chinese Firewall. Well, it seems a glitch in the routing that the censoring requires sent about 75 percent of Chinese Internet traffic to a building in Cheyenne, Wyo. the other day.

The building is home to Wyoming Corporate Services -- and among the businesses registered to that address? According to the New York Times: "a shell company controlled by a jailed former Ukraine prime minister; the owner of a company charged with helping online poker operators evade an Internet gambling ban; and one entity that was banned from government contracts after selling counterfeit truck parts to the Pentagon.

And we wonder why our credit cards get hacked.

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Kai Ryssdal is the host and senior editor of Marketplace, public radio’s program on business and the economy.

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